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Silverton: Opening day pics

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We hastily organized a last minute trip to Silverton for opening day last Thursday. As usual, the place was packed - a whopping 40 skiers were on the mountain. And, as usual we skied some phenomenal terrain: Raff, Nightmare Bowl, Concussion, and some unknown run through the trees. I can't say enough good things about the place; Aaron, Jenny, and crew have put together a great program.

Not much has changed since I was there a year and a half ago. A lot of the same staff is working there. They do have a small model of the planned village development: a bedbase of 800 condos, 40 single-family homes, 4 high-speed quads, and a massive army tent to house the cafeteria. (just kidding)

Pics can be found at:
http://www.theshell.com/~vinn/silverton04

We followed that up with a day at Durango Mtn Resort. It was opening day of chair 8 so we did lap after lap on knee deep powder. Mmmmmmm... life is good.
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How did you get there? Via car from?...

SORRY I JUST SAW YOUR FROM SUMM. COUNTY.... I CAN DO THE MATH. YOU TOOK THE HOVERCRAFT RIGHT? What was the best way in? Fly to Durango and drive? Fly to N.M. and drive? Thanks for the great photo's
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SORRY I JUST SAW YOUR FROM SUMM. COUNTY.... I CAN DO THE MATH. YOU TOOK THE HOVERCRAFT RIGHT?
I-70, take a left at Grand Junction, straight shot over Red Mtn Pass from there. It's a 7 beer drive.
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[quote=We followed that up with a day at Durango Mtn Resort. It was opening day of chair 8 so we did lap after lap on knee deep powder. Mmmmmmm... life is good.[/QUOTE]

You must be pretty short with very skinny skis to be skiing "knee deep powder" at Purgatory on Friday. They are only reporting a 35" base (which is inflated marketing BS), and it's only snowed 3" here since Thanksgiving.
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You must be pretty short with very skinny skis to be skiing "knee deep powder" at Purgatory on Friday. They are only reporting a 35" base (which is inflated marketing BS), and it's only snowed 3" here since Thanksgiving.
Believe it or not, it was. Under the lift, Paul's Park, and Boudreaux's were all pretty much untouched when we arrived. They planted a big "Danger" sign on Boudreaux's since they'd run a cat up to track pack it but left it ungroomed (making for some really nasty conditions on the run.) They neglected to pack the edges of the run though, so we had about a 30ft swath on either side that no one was hitting.

I think this pic shows you have more than enough snow in your backcountry for knee deep snow:
http://www.theshell.com/~vinn/silver...aff_jeremy.jpg

(the guy on the right is standing)
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